Influence of parental cultural capital and parental support on students’ music listening: A comparative study of Beijing and Hong Kong

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Abstract

Numerous studies have characterised music listening as a social marker and have shown that parental influence is a central influential factor in students’ music listening; however, parental influence on students’ music listening remains under-researched, particular in the Chinese context. Based on Bourdieu’s “cultural capital” theory, this comparative study investigates how parental cultural capital and parental support affect students’ music listening, inside and outside the home, with particular reference to two cosmopolitan cities- Beijing and Hong Kong. To examine the issues, data were obtained from 3,288 completed questionnaires gathered from eight Beijing and nine Hong Kong secondary schools in December, 2015. The findings show that parents’ education and instrumental learning background were predictors of both the quality and quantity of parental support for students’ music listening, in both cities. The study argues that parental cultural capital may be transformed into parental support for students’ music listening, which may in turn facilitate the cultivation of students’ cultural capital, in both cities. Copyright © 2016 HKU Sociology.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Citation

Kong, S. H. (2016, December). Influence of parental cultural capital and parental support on students’ music listening: A comparative study of Beijing and Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association, Hong Kong, China.

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